Reader: Joe Carabello has put the homeless back in the game

"Safe at Home," Patricia Calhoun, October 3

Diamond in the Rough

Patricia Calhoun's "Safe at Home" made me ashamed that I do not do more to help the homeless. I'm not talking about giving a handout to one of those beggars on the street corner — I'm not that ignorant — but instead coming up with a concept that can really make a difference.

Joe Carabello has done that with his Homeless Diamond. He's put the homeless back in the game. Congratulations to all.
Jamie Vigil


Homeless Diamond

Give a man a pole and he'll learn to fish. Give a man a baseball and he'll learn...what?

Give me a break.
Scott Depuys

Glad to know that there are plans in the works to do something with Triangle Park, aka the Bumuda Triangle. That is an embarrassment to our city. I remember the old days on Larimer Street, when Eddie Maestas would help the homeless. He would be glad to see that residents have banded together to come up with a solution for the park that once had his name.
Sally Stein

"Drawing the Line," Melanie Asmar, October 3

School's Out

Thank you for "Drawing the Line," with its series of profiles. I consider myself a fairly well-informed voter (though I have no children in DPS), and I have no idea what the debate is between these two school-board factions. Although the articles about the bickering between boardmembers makes it into the paper, no one really describes where the battle lines are set and why this election matters.

We will all be better off if the media does a better job of providing some context for this coming election.
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Sad but true. Watch out: DPS wants to privatize education and break up traditional schools, put more tests in classrooms and less instruction and critical thinking.
Aaron Betcher
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Of what do Denver's so-called "reforms" consist? First, the bizarre pretense that, in an age in which teachers cajole rather than command, their competence should be measured not by what they know about the subjects they teach, but by the performance of their charges. Second, that failed schools can effectively be reconstituted by rebranding them, firing most of the teachers in the process. Common to both is the false assumption that, of all the groups responsible for education — school administrators, teachers, parents and students — teachers are the most culpable for students' failure, despite the fact that most are rated highly qualified to teach. Third, that failing, incorrigible and mentally ill students should all be "mainstreamed" together in the same classroom and set to the same course of academic study. There is nothing in this daft program unique to Denver, and that is why America's secondary education system as a whole is in collapse. To describe this as "reform," or the people mouthing this nonsense as "reformers," renders the entire public dialogue about DPS and its board meaningless.

At this point, all of the mistaken assumptions that have led to the present disaster need to be thrown out; it would make more sense to fire everyone responsible for DPS's administration of schools than to fire any teacher. We must socialize kids and train them to perform useful work, but we have allowed these critical goals to usurp schools' primary function of academic instruction. Let schools teach, and create new institutions to work with them in the socialization and vocational training of youth. We should not give up on kids' academic learning, but our pretense that all are equally capable of it has fatally compromised secondary education. In shoehorning all kids into an institution that is supposed to impart academic knowledge, we have reached the stage where many graduates lack ninth-grade, much less twelfth-grade, skills, and we are not adequately socializing or getting them ready to work, either!
Robert Chase

"Seitan Change," Gretchen Kurtz, October 3

Meat of the Matter

If any "regular" non-vegetarian restaurant had food and service as bad as WaterCourse Foods, they would have been out of business. There is no excuse for being served wilty, starting-to-spoil veggies. Good thing they don't have meat here, 'cause they would have killed someone by now.
Val Weitz
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Gosh, I adore WaterCourse Foods and find the service delightful. They are very busy and the wait is hard, but beyond that...I'm all good with WaterCourse. The food/service is slow because they cook it rather than heating up packaged stuff, as so many places do. It would be nice if it was faster, but when eating dinner out with friends, who cares if it's slow? It's great for hanging out.
Emily Langley
Posted on Facebook

Food is poorly executed, either bland or tasting off, and the place is far too crowded.
Clint Jahn
Posted on Facebook

I don't go out to eat very often, but I've been to WaterCourse Foods and City, O' City more than most places around because I love their food. Maybe it's just that I tend to order the same couple things when I go out?
Sydney Vee
Posted on Facebook

The staff are the rudest in the area. Have had to walk out, so I have no idea how the food tastes.
Jennifer Williams-Cherry
Posted on Facebook

I liked the food, although I was wanting some meat... I was there to meet someone. I found the service terrible and slooooooooooow. They totally forgot about us, and we had to chase someone down just to pay for our meal.
Jennipher Cunningham
Posted on Facebook

They're not lazy — they have no energy because they DON'T EAT MEAT!
Sean Post
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Editor's note: We've received dozens of comments about WaterCourse Foods — some good, some bad — since we published Gretchen Kurtz's mixed review of the fifteen-year-old restaurant. To read more, go to "Seitan Change" at, as well as additional WaterCourse posts on Cafe Society.

"Slamming for Syria," Joel Warner, September 26

Slamming the Slam Poet

Are you joking with us or mocking us? Who are the tyrants? Does Abu Ghraib, Gitmo or the NDAA mean anything to Westword or Amal Kassir? What about depleted uranium or the regular murder, torture and abduction of Palestinian children by the IDF, etc.? Does the name Edward Snowden ring a bell?

Amal is a naive and ignorant young lady and, of course, the Zionist media mills rush to promote her and seek her opinions. But in due time, the truth will out, and there is nothing that all the demons in hell can do to stop it, because God is God, and what's more — much more — God is the truth, according to I John, the Holy Bible.
Name withheld
USMC 1st Marine Division

Amal Kassir is an incredible young woman. It is not easy going up against ignorance. Keep slamming, young lady!
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"The Cruelest Cut," Alan Prendergast, September 12

Pause for Paws

Thank you for writing the article about cat declawing, as so many people, including myself, were not aware of this cruel procedure. The cover of Westword spoke for itself, and I hope it made many people pick it up.

This was the best article I have ever read in Westword, and I hope it goes a long way to help Colorado pass a bill to end this horrible surgical procedure. If they can't pass a bill to ban declawing, could they at least pass a bill that requires vets to explain the procedure so people can make an educated decision on whether to declaw or not?
Carol Evered

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